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Trial Begins for Massachusetts Trooper Accused of Beating Suspect

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Lawyers for a Massachusetts State Police trooper accused of beating a suspect in New Hampshire last year say their defendant is nothing like another involved former trooper who has been barred from law enforcement.

Prosecutors allege 33-year-old Joseph Flynn punched Richard Simone Jr., who was kneeling to surrender following the chase in May 2016. The Nashua Telegraph reports Flynn's lawyer said Tuesday that Flynn is not out of control like former New Hampshire State Trooper Andrew Monaco.

Monaco pleaded guilty to simple assault in 2016, avoiding time behind bars in a deal but agreeing to resign and never again seek law enforcement employment.

Prosecutors say Flynn didn't need to use force while arresting Simone.

The trial will continue Wednesday.

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